2017 Ford F-150 Earns Three More Awards

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Ford F-150 win Edmunds Award for Most Wanted Full-Size Truck

The Ford F-150 has been named the Most Wanted Full-Size Truck by Edmunds – further solidifying Ford’s leadership in the segment.

The Edmunds Most Wanted award recognizes vehicles that are the hottest in their segment as determined by sales, number of days sitting on dealer lots, consideration, awareness and editorial expertise. 

“In the highly competitive full-size truck category, the Ford F-150 stood out, besting the competition with leading sales and shopper consideration,” said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds executive director of industry analysis. “An Edmunds Most Wanted award gives shoppers confidence and assurance that the F-150 is a smart choice.”

Continuous innovation is at the core of Ford F-Series success, making it America’s best-selling truck for 40 consecutive years and America’s best-selling vehicle for 35 straight years. 

The 2017 F-150 Raptor took home Best Pickup Truck of 2017 from Cars.com.

The all-new F-150 Raptor, building off the success of its predecessor, pushes the envelope more with performance gains and new technology offerings. With more power and torque, a first-in-class 10-speed transmission, a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body that saves 500 pounds over the previous model, unique BFGoodrich tires and improved Fox Racing shocks, the 2017 F-150 Raptor stands alone in the high-performance off-road truck segment.

The redesigned, re-engineered 2017 Super Duty also vied for the overall award. Boasting 20 class-exclusive features and a host of best-in-class claims, including most towing capability, payload and torque, the all-new F-Series Super Duty is the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever.

2017 Ford F-150 Takes Home Autobytel Buyer's Choice Awards

Ford F-150 is the winner of the 2017 Autobytel Buyer’s Choice Full-Size Truck award and the overall winner of the 2017 Autobytel Buyer’s Choice Truck of the Year. This means more truck buyers shopped F-150 on Autobytel.com and submitted a dealer contact form than any other passenger truck in the industry.

The newly minted Autobytel Buyer’s Choice award covers 17 vehicle subcategories – each reflecting leadership in both Autobytel.com search traffic and dealer lead generation.

Ford F-Series is now America’s best-selling truck for 40 consecutive years and America’s best-selling vehicle for 35 straight years, with more than 26 million trucks sold since 1977. 

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Ford Raises the Bar Again: New F-150 Pickup is Even Tougher, Smarter, More Capable

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  • Even tougher: Featuring bolder Built Ford Tough style and segment-first high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body

  • Even smarter: Available class-exclusive Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection can automatically apply F-150 brakes to help prevent a collision with another vehicle or pedestrian, plus available WiFi hotspot can help you stay connected

  • Even more capable: F-150 features the best towing ever – thanks to more powerful, efficient engine offerings that include standard Auto Start-Stop across the range, all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel and expanded availability of segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission

Ford, America’s truck leader, introduces the new 2018 Ford F-150 – now even tougher, even smarter and even more capable than ever.

Three years after first introducing the high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy-bodied Ford F-150, the new F-150 arrives with bold new front and rear styling, advanced technologies – including available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection – and improved engines. The new engines include an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 turbo diesel and enhanced V6 and V8 gas engines.

“Truck customers are constantly looking to improve their productivity, for work and for play,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford President, The Americas. “Since 1977, we’ve been America’s favorite truck, and we’ve never taken that leadership for granted. This new F-150 is our latest example of Ford’s commitment to going further for our customers through continuous innovation.”

The 2018 F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series truck lineup, America’s best-selling truck for 40 consecutive years and America’s best-selling vehicle for 35 years.

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Ford Adding Electrified F-150, Mustang and Transit By 2020 in Major EV Push with Expanded US Plant

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Ford today detailed seven of the 13 new global electrified vehicles it plans to introduce in the next five years, including hybrid versions of the iconic F-150 pickup and Mustang in the U.S., a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van in Europe and a fully electric SUV with an expected range of at least 300 miles for customers globally.

The automaker also announced plans to invest $700 million to expand its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan into a factory that will build high-tech autonomous and electric vehicles along with the Mustang and Lincoln Continental. The expansion will create 700 direct new jobs.

The moves are part of a $4.5 billion investment in electrified vehicles by 2020, offering customers greater fuel efficiency, capability and power across Ford’s global vehicle lineup. The plans are part of the company’s expansion to be an auto and a mobility company, including leading in electrified and autonomous vehicles and providing new mobility solutions. 

“As more and more consumers around the world become interested in electrified vehicles, Ford is committed to being a leader in providing consumers with a broad range of electrified vehicles, services and solutions that make people’s lives better,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “Our investments and expanding lineup reflect our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years.”

Ford is focusing its EV plan on its areas of strength – electrifying its most popular, high-volume commercial vehicles, trucks, SUVs and performance vehicles to make them even more capable, productive and fun to drive.

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Ford Debuts Next-Generation Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Vehicle

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Ford Motor Company is introducing its next-generation Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle, just in time for CES and the North American International Auto Show in January.

The new vehicle uses the current Ford autonomous vehicle platform, but ups the processing power with new computer hardware. Electrical controls are closer to production-ready, and adjustments to the sensor technology, including placement, allow the car to better see what’s around it. New LiDAR sensors have a sleeker design and more targeted field of vision, which enables the car to now use just two sensors rather than four, while still getting just as much data.

The new vehicle also evolves the two main elements to creating an autonomous vehicle – the autonomous vehicle platform, which is an upgraded version of the car itself, and the virtual driver system.

The next-gen Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle follows the company’s current generation, which hit the streets three years ago.

Read more about Ford’s quest to build a high-volume, fully autonomous SAE level 4-capable vehicle by 2021. For more information, visit SmailFord.com.


Ford Mustang Beats Ford Focus RS by One Point to Bring Home the Title of Women's Performance Car of the Year 2016

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The iconic Ford Mustang has added yet another award to its trophy case – Women’s Performance Car of the Year 2016.

Up against a staggering 294 competitors, Mustang emerged as the top performance car in the Women’s World Car of the Year awards. The awards are determined by 17 judges across 14 countries – the only vehicle honors in the world granted by a panel made up entirely of women. Mustang’s closest contender was the critically acclaimed Ford Focus RS, with just one point separating the two.

“Ford Mustang is surprisingly loved by women who are after a sexy, sporty, masculine car that turns heads,” said Juliet Potter, Women’s World Car of the Year jury member from Australia. “Combining the car’s silver-screen celebrity status with real-life practicality, Mustang screams, ‘I am in control!’ and delivers the same behind the wheel with above-average grip and suspension.”

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American Idol Season XIII Runner-Up Jena Irene picks up her brand new 2015 Ford Mustang GT at a Ford dealership in Michigan. Both Jena and season winner Caleb Johnson, were awarded a 2015 Ford Mustang by Ford Motor Company during the show'€™s season finale in May.

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"Return to Park" Feature on 2017 Ford Fusion Designed to Assist Drivers and Reduce Potential for Vehicle Rollaways

 

Innovative "Return to Park" technology on the 2017 Ford Fusion uses data from the car’s extensive network of sensors to detect conditions that indicate a customer’s intent to exit the vehicle. The smart technology can provide drivers with extra peace of mind that their 2017 Fusion will select park, as intended, even if they forget to turn the dial to P, or accidently leave the car in another gear when parking.

In developing the innovative new 2017 Fusion and implementing the all-new rotary gear shift dial, Ford engineers identified an opportunity to address vehicle rollaways by designing smart software to assist the driver and reduce the potential for accidents under certain conditions.

Return to Park technology is designed to automatically shift the car into park when any of the following conditions occur:

  • You turn the vehicle off
  • You open the driver’s door with your safety belt unlatched and the vehicle stationary
  • Your safety belt is unlatched with the driver’s door open and the vehicle stationary

“When we decided to go with the new rotary shifter for the 2017 Ford Fusion, the team sat together in a room to see what additional customer benefit we could bring to the table,” says Mark Zyskowski, Ford global e-shift systems technical expert. “We thought about what we could add without getting in the way of normal day-to-day scenarios, and all agreed a feature to help confirm park is selected when exiting the vehicle seemed really worthwhile.”

Fusion engineers worked hard to integrate the feature into normal, convenient operation for drivers. It can detect when a driver has turned the car off while moving, and will first shift into neutral until it slows below 5 mph before shifting into park automatically. The technology is designed not to operate if it detects a belted driver opens the door with the car moving to free a stuck coattail, for example, or if a driver happens to be inching into a parking space and wishes to see the lane markers. It is designed not to operate when the car is in Stay in Neutral or Neutral Tow mode.

Vehicle rollaways typically occur when drivers exit the vehicle with the engine running and the transmission not in park. A rollaway incident could result in serious injuries to a driver exiting the vehicle, or to pedestrians in the path of a rolling vehicle.

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study published in August, 360 people were killed in accidents involving unattended vehicles with no driver control between 2012 and 2014 – which is 19 percent of all non-occupants killed in non-traffic crashes a year. In an average year, about 2,000 people are injured in similar incidents.

The rotary gear shift dial has three different electronic modules monitoring transmission and shifter, which must all be in agreement for a command for a gear selection to be accepted. This is the same system that is capable of detecting and overriding such unintended scenarios as shifting into reverse while driving at speeds above 5 mph.

The all-new rotary gear shift dial with Return to Park is a standard feature for all 2017 Ford Fusion vehicles.

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Ford Received Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign 2017 Corporate Equality Index

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Ford Motor Company has once again earned 100 percent – the highest possible score – on this year’s Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT equality in the workplace.

Ford has received a perfect score every year since 2004. The 2017 Corporate Equality Index rated 1,043 businesses on LGBT-related policies and practices such as nondiscrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community.

“Ford is committed to creating an environment that promotes diversity and inclusion within our workforce and communities,” said Meeta Huggins, chief diversity officer, Ford Motor Company. “The diverse backgrounds of our employees truly make us a stronger company and we are extremely proud of our policies and programs that support equality."

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. 


First Gear - 2017 Ford Edge Titanium - Review and Test Drive

 

I explore and test drive a 2017 Ford Edge Titanium in this episode of First Gear. Not only does this SUV have one of the largest panoramic rooftops I've seen, and one of the most unique secret compartments, but it also has a feature that I've always wanted to test. So watch this video to find out what it is, I apologize if I get too excited.

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Sneak Peak at Ford's Float for America’s Thanksgiving Parade

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Ford Motor Company will be the driving force behind America’s Thanksgiving Parade® with an exciting new float called Mobility One and more than 40 F-Series trucks, Mustangs and Explorers leading the festivities through downtown Detroit.

Ford, which is investing $20 million in local educational and community programs this year, is also extending its support for the region with a new three-year sponsorship commitment with The Parade Company – producer of both the Thanksgiving Day parade and the annual Ford Fireworks. This Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, the parade celebrates its 90th anniversary.

“Ford will always be a leader in supporting events such as America’s Thanksgiving Parade® that bring our region together,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “We’re proud to announce our renewed commitment to not only continue supporting the great tradition of the Thanksgiving Day parade, but also the annual Ford Fireworks.”

The new Ford float, at more than 90 feet long, features a timeline view of the company’s rich history of innovation – from Henry Ford and the Model T, to the digital age and into the future of smart mobility and autonomous vehicles.

Families in attendance or watching on TV will see a larger-than-life Henry Ford, followed by modern-day students tinkering with technology and a visionary look ahead to a world of flying cars circling the globe. Twelve giant screens embedded on Mobility One will highlight some of Ford Fund’s numerous contributions to a better world.

Eight-time Olympic swimming medalist Allison Schmitt, a native of Canton, Michigan, will ride on the float, while her family will be celebrating other Ford connections as part of the festivities; Allison’s mother and three sisters work at Ford, while her father is retired from the company. Dozens of Ford Volunteer Corps members will be walking alongside Mobility One as well.

The annual Thanksgiving parade in Detroit is one of the country’s largest and longest-running. It traverses nearly three miles featuring bands, floats, celebrities and, of course, Santa.

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Pedestrian Detection: Beware of "Petextrians"

 

 

Collisions can be caused not just by distracted driving, but increasingly, distracted walking. Every eight minutes, a pedestrian is injured in a motor vehicle crash, according to a recent report from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This rise is linked to a global influx of “petextrians” – people walking while texting. 

Ford’s new Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection can predict the movement of pedestrians to help reduce the severity of and, in some cases, eliminate frontal collisions altogether. Debuting in North America as an available technology for the 2017 Ford Fusion, the system has been developed to help recognize pedestrians using more than 240 terabytes of test data – equal to 20.4 trillion books, or 600 Libraries of Congress with 34 million books each.

“Since we are trying to avoid a collision that hasn’t happened yet, prediction of the future is an inherent part of the puzzle,” says Scott Lindstrom, Ford driver assist technologies manager. “Having a huge cache of data – based on real-world driving conditions – helps our system be smart enough to determine what may happen in a second that has not yet even occurred.”

Global ‘petextrian’ problem

Cities around the world are tackling the increasing problem of “petextrians” and distracted walking. A theme park in Chongqing, China, painted smartphone lanes on 30 meters of sidewalk in an effort to combat the problem. And officials in Seoul plan to expand similar signage across South Korea next year. Pedestrians crossing the tram tracks in Augsburg, Germany, are now warned by a strip of blinking red LED lights mounted on the ground. The tiny town of Rexburg, Idaho, took a different approach, passing a law in 2011 against texting while crossing the street and slapping a $50 fine on anyone who does.

Predicting human movement

Ford Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses combined radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead for collision risks. If one is detected, the initial response from the vehicle is to provide a visual and audible warning to the driver and temporarily mute the audio system. If the driver does not react to the warning, the technology can automatically apply up to the vehicle’s full braking force to help reduce the severity of, or even eliminate, a frontal collision.

Aaron Mills, Ford safety engineer, says the more test data was gathered and then used to develop the vehicle’s algorithm to help it recognize a wide variety of human sizes and shapes. “We were startled to see how oblivious people could be of a 4,000-pound car coming toward them,” he says. “It was a real eye-opener to how distracted people are today.”

Working in daylight and in clear weather conditions – at speeds up to 50 mph – Ford’s system processes information collected from a windshield-mounted camera, which has been taught to classify different vehicle and pedestrian scenarios, along with radar located near the bumper to pick up shape reflections. The technology then combines both data streams using a unique Ford algorithm that calculates the risk of a collision. While the system may be especially helpful in unexpected situations, it does not replace the driver.

Ford is testing advanced features for future vehicles that could allow the system to operate at night, in low and harsh lighting conditions, and when vehicles and cyclists move in different directions.

Testing the technology

Using 12 vehicles, Ford conducted 500,000-plus miles of development testing in Europe, China and the United States, racking up more than one year – 473 days – of data logging. In just 15 weeks in North America alone, the technology recorded more than 3 million scans of roadside objects, vehicles and pedestrians across roughly 70 percent non-highway and 30 percent highway miles.

Other driver-assist technologies available for Fusion include lane-keeping assist, Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking.

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